Contemporary Literature constitutes one of the core research strengths of Literature at Brighton and underpins several modules at undergraduate level.
'Writing the Contemporary', 'Brighton Rocks!' and 'Writing and Social Purpose' draw on an established research base of current publications in the field to disseminate and engage students in dialogue about cutting-edge fields of literary debate.
The English Literature Seminar Series is modelled to include and develop current third year students, with each paper offering enrichment opportunities for final year students across a diverse range of areas from Early Modern to Romanticism and Twenty-First century writings.
At our Hastings Campus, students are working as active research assistants, editing and creating entries for a Dictionary of Feminist Literature contracted to a US publisher and drawn from research strengths in women’s writing across the Literature team.
In Creative Writing, staff and students worked together to produce and publish The Modern Mind anthology of creative work, while earlier in the year second year early modern students collaborated with their module tutor to create an Open University programme about the gender and the stage and first year students considered the narratives of disneyfication and the theme park to shape a chapter in a forthcoming textbook.
Internationally, developments in Tunisia and the middle east inform literature teaching in travel writing and film adaptation while current scholarship on representations of the Cold-War era has produced a second module dedicated to the examination of social, political and economic relationships between writing and society in twentieth century Britain.External Curriculum Enhancement
HEA Report: Towards a Post-Millennial Literature: national report authored by Centre 21 at the request of the HEA on teaching contemporary literature using examples of our own best practice.
Granta/British Council Launch and International Teaching Materials: in April 2013 Centre 21 was chosen by The British Council and Granta to write international teaching materials encouraging universities all over the world to teach contemporary British Literature. The guidebook, three two-hour lectures and twenty seminars were circulated to universities globally to use in undergraduate teaching and available from The British Council.